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MSc Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

Course Description


Social and therapeutic horticulture is the purposeful use of horticultural activities to promote health and well-being and facilitate social inclusion. This exciting new course is designed to offer people, who are working in horticulture or therapy, the opportunity to further develop their skills in social and therapeutic horticulture. They will also reflect upon, debate and critique their current practice. This programme is the first to be developed in the UK and will build upon Coventry's well-established and vocationally focussed qualification, the Professional Development Diploma.


The Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc is a blended learning programme that combines experiential and online learning with independent study. Innovative teaching and learning techniques will utilise real site partners, digital technology and practical activities that will focus upon communities and sustainable practice.

Critical discussion and debate with social therapeutic horticulturalists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other health and social care professionals are promoted within the modules of study, enabling students to develop their skills in clinical reasoning, reflection and research. This course will give students the confidence and authority to explore, appraise and critique current and contemporary practice and the evidence base that supports the use of social and therapeutic horticulture. By completing the programme students will be boosting their managerial knowledge, leadership and communication skills in this exciting new area. They will be the first of a new generation of master’s graduates who are able to fulfil leading roles in the social and therapeutic workplace, education or research.

Students can study the programme either full-time across one academic year or part-time. The course consists of six mandatory modules and the research dissertation.

The mandatory modules for this programme are:

Social and Therapeutic Horticulture: Diversity of Theory and Practice;
The Expert Practitioner: A Practical Analysis;
Nature Assisted Practice;
Evaluating Social and Therapeutic Horticulture in Practice;
Research Methodology, Designs and Methods;
Data Analysis;
The research dissertation which can be based on empirical research study or a systematic review of the evidence to support social and therapeutic interventions.

Visit the MSc Social and Therapeutic Horticulture page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Candidates will normally:offer evidence of education to the level of a BSc (Hons); BA (Hons) or equivalent in higher education or above, preferably in health or social care, education, horticulture or related area gaining 2:2 classification or above;be currently practicing in social and therapeutic horticulture and continue engagement for the duration of the Social and Therapeutic Horticulture MSc (paid or unpaid);provide two references to support their application.Where candidates do not have contact with a social and therapeutic horticulture service, support can be given to gain engagement.

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